How to install Google Play Store on Windows 11

Windows 11 supports Android apps, but you’re restricted to using the Amazon Appstore – or are you? With a little work, it is possible to run the Google Play Store on your Windows 11 PC.

The Amazon Appstore may be the official way to install Android apps in Windows 11, but there are always other ways to do things. You can sideload Android apps and games manually, but if that’s boring, you might prefer to go everywhere and get the Play Store. So this is what we will do.

Update: The solution we covered here originally is no longer on GitHub because it contains malicious code. If you followed the instructions here, read our guide on what happened and what you should do. We are evaluating possible trustworthy workarounds and hope to update this article soon.

Related: How to install Android apps on Windows 11

computer requirements

Let’s start with what you will need. If you have already gone through the process of running Amazon Appstore in Windows 11, you can skip this section, but take note You need to install Amazon Appstore. You can get the Amazon Appstore from the Microsoft Store.

As of February 2022, Android apps are available in the stable channel for Windows 11 – but only in the US. If your computer can run Windows 11, you already meet the requirements to run Android apps as well. Make sure to check for Windows Updates and install any available updates before proceeding.

Next, your Windows 11 PC needs to enable hardware virtualization. Windows 11 basically runs Android in a virtual machine, which is why this is important. You can check if your computer has virtualization enabled by going to the Performance tab in Task Manager. (You can press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.)

If hardware virtualization is not enabled, you may need to enable Intel VT-X in your computer’s UEFI firmware (BIOS). For systems with AMD chipsets, look for AMD-V in the UEFI Firmware Settings screen.

Virtual Task Manager.

Next, make sure that you are using the latest version of Microsoft Store. Open the Microsoft Store and update all the apps in the Library page.

If all of these things have been checked, you are ready to proceed! If you installed some updates to get to this point, it’s a good idea to restart your computer before we go any further.

Related: How to switch between Dev and Beta channels on Windows 11

Install the Google Play Store

We will be using a tool called “PowerShell Windows Toolbox.” It has a number of features, including the ability to install the Google Play Store on Windows 11. This tool allows for a very simple one-click installation that does not require any additional software.

warning: Malicious code has been added to this app and has now been removed from GitHub. You should not run it, even if you can find it on another website. If you’ve already run it, read our guide on what happened and what you should do.

Related: Warning: Have you installed the Play Store on Windows 11? Read this now

Noticeable: This tool will download a script from the server and run it. There are some security concerns about it, but we have reason to believe it’s worth trusting. First, this is an open source tool, which means that there is a level of transparency about what is happening behind the scenes.
Second, the tool has nearly 700 stars on Github at the time of writing. This indicates that a large number of people have found it useful. Additionally, the tool has been in development for over six months and no major issues have been reported.

At the end of the day, it’s up to you to decide if you trust a script from the GitHub repository. Continue at your own risk.

On your Windows 11 PC, go to the GitHub page in your web browser and go to the How to Use section. Copy the code listed under “Easy Start Command”.

Copy the code.

Next, run Windows PowerShell as an administrator.

To do this, open the Start menu and search for “PowerShell”. Click on the Run as administrator option or right-click on Windows PowerShell in the list and select Run as administrator.

He runs "Powershell" as an administrator.

Paste the code you copied from the GitHub page into PowerShell and hit Enter. If it appears frozen, wait a few seconds.

Enter the code in PowerShell.

Windows Toolbox will open. All we need to do is click on “Install Google Play Store for Windows 11.” Scroll down if you can’t see it.

click "Install the Google Play Store."

Then, back in the PowerShell window, you may need to enable the Virtual Machine Platform if it is disabled. Enter “yes” to continue.

Now the Windows subsystem for Android will be replaced with a new package. Enter “P” to proceed with it.

Enters "s" moving forward.

Now we will need to download the new Windows subsystem for Android. A link will be generated, which you can highlight and copy and paste into your browser to download the ZIP file.

Copy the ULR to paste it into the browser.

After downloading the file, you will need to enter the file path into PowerShell. Move the file to a location with a simple file path if you wish.

advice: Right-click on the file in Windows Explorer and select “Copy to path” instead of manually typing the full path.

Enter the file path.

The old Windows subsystem for Android will be removed and a new version will be installed in its place.

Install the new WSA.

Some popups related to the Windows subsystem for Android will require your input. Make sure to leave the Settings window open until the script has finished running. Once done, you will be able to find the Google Play Store in the Start menu along with your other apps.

Google Play Store in the start menu.

You can now sign in to the Play Store with your Google account. You are all set to install Android apps from the Play Store!

Install apps from the Play Store.

Android apps from the Play Store appear in the Start menu along with apps from the Amazon Appstore and Windows apps. If you still can’t find all the Android apps you want, there is always the sideload option.

Related: How to sideload Android Apps on Windows 11

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